R.I.P. Frankie Knuckles

The Godfather of House Music, Frankie Knuckles, has passed away at age 59.

His death was reported late last night by 5 Chicago and since confirmed by fellow DJs on social media. He is said to have passed from a complication of Type II Diabetes. Frankie’s untimely passing is one that has elicited tributes from many of his peers in the music industry this morning, especially here in Chicago.

Frankie Knuckles was actually born in the Bronx, but moved to Chicago in the 70s. His original remixes of popular dance tracks attracted people to the Warehouse Club in 1977, and that’s where the term ‘House Music’ was coined. Plus, his original hits “Your Love,”“Baby Wants To Ride,” and “Whistle Song” (below) were all reasons to know Knuckles if you didn’t for his DJing. In 2004, the city of Chicago even renamed a stretch of Jefferson St. after Frankie Knuckles and 10 years later in the present, Knuckles was even preparing to go on tour. R.I.P. to the Godfather.